FREE IN D.C.
You don't have to spend like a Congressman to enjoy Washington. The city offers a variety of places to see and things to do that don't cost a dime. Whether you like browsing activities or more adventuresome pursuits, there is definitely something for every visitor who wants to pay in time--not in pocket money.
- Stroll around the National Mall; (202) 426-6841. Study the original Declaration of Independence and then trace your own family tree at the National Archives and Records Administration; (202) 501-5000.
- See where your state representatives work during a visit to the U.S. Capitol; (202) 225-6827.
- See where your President lives on a tour of the White House; (202)" 456-2200.
- Watch your money being made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing;" (202) 874-3019.
- Check out the world's largest lending library--the Library of Congress;" (202) 707-8000.
- Stage a visit to Ford's Theatre and see the box where President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot; (202) 347-4833 or 1-800-899-2367.
- Have a blooming good time at the National Arboretum; (202) 245-2726.
- Remember three of our greatest Presidents at the Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln memorials; (202) 426-6841.
- Ponder the pandas at the National Zoo; (202) 673-4717. Ride a bike alongside, or catch a barge ride on, the C&O Canal; (202) 653-5190.
- Take a hike in Rock Creek Park; (202) 619-7222.
- Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's largest newspapers during a production tour at the Washington Post; (202) 334-6000.
- Visit one of the world's oldest and most successful magazines at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall; (202) 857-7588.
- See the world through the eyes of the Discovery Channel at the television network's Destination Washington, D.C., complex; (202) 639-0908.
- Go see Van Goghs and make time for Monets at the National Gallery of" Art; (202) 737-4215.
- Brush up on the Bard at the Folger Shakespeare Library; (202) 544-7077.
- Find a cure for what ails you at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; (202) 782-2200.
- See every stamp issued in the United States from 1847 until today at The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum; (202) 357-2700.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Washington, D.C., Convention and Visitors Association (WCVA) offers three free publications to help visitors: a city guide, a quarterly calendar of events, and a map. To request these, contact the WCVA (attn: Tourist Information), 1212 New York Avenue NW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 789-7000 or www.washington.org.
Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.